Timothy Donnelly to read Oct. 21

Author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensziet

Poet Timothy Donnelly will ready from his work at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, for Washington University in St. Louis’ Writing Program in the Department of English in Arts & Sciences.

The event, sponsored as part of The Writing Program’s fall Reading Series, is free and open to the public and takes place in Hurst Lounge, Room 201, Duncker Hall.

Duncker Hall is located at the northwest corner of Brookings Quadrangle. A reception and book signing will immediately follow. For more information, call (314) 935-7130 or e-mail David Schuman at dschuman@wustl.edu.

Donnelly’s first book of poems, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensziet, was published in 2003 by the Grove Press Poetry Series. His second collection, The Cloud Corporation, was released by Wave Books earlier this month.

Dan Chiasson of The New Yorker, in his review of the latter, writes that “(Donnelly’s) style is like a game-show shopping spree: everything is tossed into the cart. He demonstrates why the critical cliché of ‘mixing high and low’ is pushing retirement age. What do those categories mean for an American, born in Rhode Island and living in Brooklyn, who, in a given day, reads some Shelley, gets despondent about the news, spends some time thinking about his childhood … takes care of his infant, and has something stiff to drink.”

Donnelly’s work has been translated into German and Italian and has also appeared in numerous anthologies, including Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century; Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems; Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry; and Poet, Poems, Poetry, edited by Helen Vendler.

Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boulevard, Harper’s, Iowa Review, jubilat, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He has been a poetry editor for Boston Review since 1995 and teaches in the Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Poet Timothy Donnelly

WHAT: Reading from his work

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21

WHERE: Hurst Lounge, Room 201 Duncker Hall

COST: Free and open to the public

SPONSOR: Washington University’s Writing Program Reading Series

INFORMATION: (314) 935-7130 or dschuman@wustl.edu

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